Namibian business icon, Frans Aupa Indongo was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Southern Africa at the Ernst & Young’s World Enterpreneurs Awards which took place in Sandton late last week.
Speaking at a celebratory function held in the capital on Tuesday, Kobus Van Graan, CEO of the Frans Indongo Group said the award puts Indongo in the league of other regional and global business leaders such as Dr Anton Rupert and Dr Raymond Ackerman.
“The award of the evening was presented to Dr Frans Indongo, while the huge audience gave him two heart touching standing ovations, indeed a very fitting recognition to this son of Namibia, and this remarkable entrepreneur in our midst.
“He has indeed demonstrated how to spend life creating meaningful and lasting wealth,” said van Graan who attended the Sandton event with the icon.
The event which was hosted by Ernst & Young’s Africa CEO, Ajen Sita has seen other business icons such as Anton Rupert (2005), Eric Molobi (2006), Raymond Ackerman (2007), Richars Maponya (2008), Pam Golding (2009) and Bertie Lubner (2010) being awarded the prestigious award in previous years.
Indongo, founder of the Frans Indongo Group advised upcoming businesspeople to create business that would bring national wealth and growth. He also urged them to pay their taxes.
“Please do not avoid tax, government must go around and collect that money,” he said.
Gerhard Fourie, managing partner of Ernst & Young, said the criteria used for the award included whether an entrepreneur succeeded against all odds in unchartered territory, and whether he is a pioneer, champion and role model.
“It is almost as if these criteria were written for Dr Indongo,” he said.